And now for something completely different

Well, not so much.  Another view of just how big impact an impact the economy is having on Law World.  Only this one encourages (hopes for?) a phoenix to rise from the ashes.

The silver lining, if there is one, is that the legal world may be inspired to draw blueprints for the 21st century.

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Combating Violence with Law—UMass Lawyer-Alumni event

Combating Violence with Law—

A Talk with UMass Alumni Attorney Sharon Stapel

Friday, April 3rd at 1:00 pm

620 Thompson

Sharon Stapel (Psych ‘91, CUNY Law ‘98) has spent her 20-year career working to end violence against women and members of the LGBT community.  During and after college, she was a dedicated advocate for survivors of domestic violence, from Northampton to South Africa. After graduating from CUNY Law in 1998, Sharon created the first Domestic Violence Project at the Legal Aid Society of New York, and later headed a similar project at South Brooklyn Legal Services.


In July 2008, Sharon became the Executive Director of New York’s Anti-Violence Project, which serves New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected communities.


Co-sponsored with the Stonewall Center and the Everywoman’s Center

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New research on LSAT alternative

The New York Times reports this morning on some preliminary research at UC Berkeley about an alternative measure for predicting lawyer success.

Instead of focusing on analytic ability, the new test includes questions about how to respond to hypothetical situations. For example, it might describe a company with a policy requiring immediate firing of any employee who lied on an application, then ask what a test taker would do upon discovering that a top-performing employee had omitted something on an application.

More than 1,100 lawyers took the test and agreed to let the researchers see their original LSAT scores, as well as grades from college and law school.


The study concluded that while LSAT scores, for example, “were not particularly useful” in predicting lawyer effectiveness, the new, alternative test results were — although the new test was no better at predicting how... read more »

Early numbers: Little change in application volume

From the ABA Journal online:

[T]he number of law school applications nationally has risen by less than 1 percent from last year, despite the dismal state of the economy, [according to] communications director Wendy Margolis of the Law School Admission Council.


Read the rest of the article here.



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More financial food for thought

Two more recent articles continue to paint a bleak financial picture for law world.

Many recent law graduates finance their bar prep courses—and the eight to ten weeks of study post-law school with private loans.  A recent article on tells how those loans are now becoming harder to obtain, an indicator of a potential tightening of the private educational loan market as well.

In a separate piece, a commentator at American Lawyer magazine summarizes the most common predictions about the coming (dramatic) changes in the big law firms.

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